Sunday 18 February 2018

Few can do 'tea and sympathy' like Simon Harris but that's no use

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photo: Tom Burke
Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

Simon Harris makes the sweetest and most heart-felt apologies. His youthful appearance and unfailingly courteous demeanour have helped extend the "honeymoon period" granted most ministerial newcomers.

He has approached the job of Health Minister, since he was appointed on May 6 last year, with the trademark energy and commitment he has brought to his politics. But as we have watched the scandal of waiting lists unfold this week, we have also seen things come crashing down around the 30-year-old Wicklow TD with an unceremonious thud.

The brutal reality is that there is a "waiting list" to get on the "official waiting list".

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss